You can earn the IT degree at Harvard Extension School by taking a combination of online and on-campus classes.
More than 100 distance education courses count toward the information technology degree.
Our online video courses include live streaming video or videotaped classroom lectures that have the look and feel of being in a Harvard Yard classroom.
We also offer web-conference courses that require your real-time participation. Ordinarily these courses are limited enrollment and offer a high level of student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction.
To find online courses, use the degree course search. Also see How Distance Education Works for technology requirements.
Although you can earn the majority of your information technology credits through online courses, you cannot complete the degree entirely online. You must attend at least one course on campus.
Digital media arts and instructional design concentration
Complete one on-campus course. Ordinarily, the requirement can be completed during a 15-week fall or spring term, or seven-week Harvard Summer School term. Depending on course availability, you may be required to spend additional time on campus.
Information management systems concentration
Complete one on-campus course. Ordinarily, the requirement is met by the ISMT capstone course offered only in the fall and spring. If you have the required software engineering background, you may petition to have the online course CSCI E-99 count as the capstone requirement. For details about this option, see Capstone Course. Then, you choose another on-campus course during the three-week January session, 15-week fall or spring term, or seven-week Harvard Summer School term.
Mathematics and computation concentration
Complete one on-campus course. You complete the requirement while enrolled in the two required math courses (see the degree course search) offered during a 15-week fall and spring term, or a seven-week Harvard Summer School term. Depending on course availability, you may be required to spend additional time on campus.
Software engineering concentration
Complete one on-campus course. Ordinarily, the requirement can be completed during a seven-week Harvard Summer School term or 15-week fall or spring term.
Find on-campus courses
Use the degree course search to identify on-campus courses. Only those courses that are returned after performing an on-campus requirement search meet the requirement. The thesis does not count as an on-campus-only course.
If you need a student visa, you can only complete the degree through a combination of Harvard Extension School online courses and Harvard Summer School on-campus courses. Harvard Summer School offers housing and I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa. For information management systems concentration, you must have the required software engineering background to petition to take CSCI E-99. See Capstone Course.
Benefits of studying on campus
If you plan to make a significant career change or apply for an advanced graduate degree after earning the degree, consider spending more time on campus. You will be able to connect with faculty to garner strong letters of recommendation and take advantage of the many career and student services available on this world-class campus.
The Harvard Extension School does not offer housing. For advice and a list of helpful resources, read the blog post Tips for Moving to Boston for a Degree Program.